My daughter is a young reader, and she is recently making the jump from picture books to easy chapter books. Watching this shift in her reading has been exhilarating. I love watching her excitement as she reads "grown-up" books and falls in love with her newfound journey into all things chapter books.
This shift in my daughter’s reading has me on high-alert for great early chapter books. I want to find stories for readers, like my daughter, who are making the shift into chapter books. Of course, there will always be those classics like Junie B. Jones and Flat Stanley. But young readers need new characters to love, and I am on a mission to find them!
The challenge with early chapter books is they need to be engaging yet easily decodable. Readers who are new into reading chapter books still need to have access with their text decoding as they face new and more difficult words.
Simple plotlines that hold kids' attention are also imperative for new chapter book readers. Also, when I look for beginning chapter books, I still look for ones that have interesting illustrations spread out in the text to help these young readers comprehend as they are reading.
Through my journey, I have come across a new series feature a one-of-a-kind superhero named Mia Macrarooney. Mia has recently received her letter from Program for In-Training Superheroes, or THE PITS, and has surprisingly found out that she is from a family of superheroes.
Ready for her adventure into the world of all things super, Mia begins in training at THE PITS. In book one of the series, titled Mia Mayhem Is a Superhero!, Mia meets her teacher and fellow superheroes as she begins in the journey into her new superhero world.
By the end of book one, Mia has a newfound confidence and has been officially given her superhero name, Mia Mayhem.
Book One, Mia Mayhem Is a Superhero!, is just the being of the adventures of Mia. Once your reader meets Mia in the initial chapter book, they will be able to continue with her in her training. Book two is titled Mia Mayhem Learns to Fly, and it follows Mia struggle as she learns how to utilize her superpower of flying.
The Mia Mayhem series will be a hit with any new chapter book reader. The story is so fun and kids of all ages will love seeing a superhero learn to control her new power and take on new challenges.
In addition to the fun plotlines of this series, the text is easily accessible for new readers. There is lots of space between words and students will have ample support with illustrations as they read along with Mia and her adventures.
Book Two: Mia Mayhem Learns to Fly
Book Three: Mia Mayhem vs. The Super Bully
Book Four: Mia Mayhem Breaks Down Walls